Patient safety topics have been widely presented in undergraduate medical education. Some graduate programs have been developed in North America and typically focused on culture and cognitive factors. The Institute of Medicine (IOM)'s report-Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care addressed important issues that health IT can lead to safer care as well as introduce new risks. There is an increased need to include such topics in safety education programs. In this study, we aimed at reporting our approach regarding the promotion of health informatics as a core curriculum in a master course program. We compared our curriculum with those in recently published papers and major patient safety resources. Then, we conducted an interim survey by asking the first-year students to rate eight important patient safety topics in comparison with the AHRQ's published categories. Health Information Technology (HIT) was ranked as the most interesting topic (response rate was 100%, n=44).Our initiatives would be useful to establish a stronger link between patient safety informatics education and future HIT adoptions.
IOS Press, Inc.
6751 Tepper Drive
Clifton, VA 20124
Tel.: +1 703 830 6300
Fax: +1 703 830 2300 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Corporate matters and books only) IOS Press c/o Accucoms US, Inc.
For North America Sales and Customer Service
West Point Commons
Lansdale PA 19446
Tel.: +1 866 855 8967
Fax: +1 215 660 5042 email@example.com